Problems with MS Bluetooth mouse

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Diomedes, Nov 16, 2004.

  1. Diomedes macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2004
    San Francisco
    I picked up a Microsoft Bluetooth mouse today, thinking it would pair fine with my 17" PowerBook.

    Well, I followed the instructions from Apple's technote. The Bluetooth Setup Assistant "sees" the mouse, and properly identifies it as a Microsoft Mouse. When it attempts to pair, it just sits there. It's not locked up, because I can quit the Assistant normally, but it just sits there trying to pair.

    Before I return it, has anyone else has problems installing this mouse? All my system software is current - OS X 10.3.6, Bluetooth 1.5, Bluetooth Firmware Updater 1.1, etc. Was I just foolish to believe that Microsoft would implement industry standard Bluetooth (and not their own flavor, like they did with Java), or am I missing something??
  2. Falleron macrumors 68000


    Nov 22, 2001
    Hello, I have one of these mice. I have a few weird problems with the mouse when the batteries get low. Since its new, the batteries should be fine. However, I suggest you try changing them. I use my mouse with the built in bluetooth rather than the bluetooth adapter it came with (although it does work).

    Also, dont think its necessary but have you installed the Microsoft Mouse software. V.5.1 I think it is?

  3. Jo-Kun macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2003
    had it, hated it, slod it again...

    I owned the BT mouse from ms... you can't install any software from the disk since its Windows only... macos sees it 'normally' as a mouse, and you can click with it, but since you can't... what is the state of your batteries?? I remember it being a battery-killer... you still saw the light, BT options showed the mouse but you couldn't pair with it because the batteries are too low...
  4. mrviga macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2004
    Ok, so heres the deal. Microsoft does not support the Mac OS with their new bluetooth mouse. I know, I know, I just ignored that too because most things work with the Mac anyways, but in this particular case I'm afraid that it may actually be true. I have this mouse, and I have been using it for about 2 weeks now and I absolutely love it. Here's what you do to make it pair up:

    Run the Bluetooth Setup assistant. Go through to where it informs you that it is trying to communicate with the mouse and exchange passkeys. This is where the screen just hangs forever. Now, click the bluetooth icon in the menu bar and select "browse device." Then, click browse. It should say something about authenticating the device. Now, give it about 15 seconds, and if you go back to the old passkey exchange window, the continue button should be clickable. Click it and you're all set.

    A couple of things to note, when I first paired up the mouse and the Mac, the pointer was all choppy and crappy. It got a lot better after about 5 minutes of use, so just be patient. Also, the side to side scrolling feature does not work, but I'm sure that Apple will come out with a bluetooth update soon that will remedy this problem, just as they did with the old Microsoft bluetooth mouse.

    Phew! Longest post ever!:)

    Joe B.
  5. cleartext macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2004

    This trick worked just fine. Has anyone encountered any other issues with this mouse. I am still debating weather or not I should return it.


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